President Rodrigo Duterte on Monday said the “yellow” group is plotting to file an impeachment complaint against him.
In his speech during the oath-taking of new government officials in Malacañang, Duterte blamed the “yellow” group for fueling the news about his “strong statement” which led to the cancellation of his meeting with US President Barack Obama during the Association of Southeast Asian Nations summit in Laos.
“Alam mo kaninong laro ito? Yellow iyan [You know who’s job it is? The yellows]…They think that if they can build a case against me, I’ll be impeached,” Duterte said.
The President was apparently referring to the supporters of former president Corazon Aquino. The Yellow group has also been associated with Duterte’s predecessor, former president Benigno Aquino 3rd.
Duterte reiterated that he is not afraid of being removed from the presidency.
“My God, I tell you frankly, when I assumed office, in this quest of mine, I have prepared to lose my honor, my life and the presidency,” the President said.
“It’s not [about]the presidency. I have a set of rules to live life,” he added.
Duterte had made international headlines over his “strong comments” that he later said were wrongly interpreted by media as being directed at Obama. He clarified that he never cursed the US president.
“I never attribute any text or statement to anybody. I was complaining about the situation but I never directed any statement that was insulting or otherwise not good,” he said.